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Let a Game Improve Your Health without Really Trying

By Tom Herrin

Despite the idea that exercise may need to be something that requires a lot of regimen and commitment in order to achieve the desired results, some other things can be enjoyable and productive without the grind.  Many have the picture in their minds of people in groups all performing some kind of steady routine. For some, playing games can be fun and good for the body. They may also be good ways of building unity as a family or group.  Playing field hockey may sound like something that is out of the question, but it is really a game that can be adapted to any kind of need and done at any pace.

It Can Build Muscle Strength

Whether a person is running or simply jogging, doing so while moving side to side and trying to maneuver a stick and puck or ball can work a lot of muscles.  It may be good for the core as well as those other muscles that may require people to lower their body as they play. It is obvious that it will develop leg muscles.

It May Increase Endurance

Many people have poor endurance.  At least when it comes to performing some work that means they have to continue moving without becoming excessively tired, they often come up short.  Playing field hockey is a game in which people will have short spurts of running or jogging, then they will have some pauses or slow downs before they take off again.  This is a good strategy for increasing stamina. Since they are having fun while playing, they don’t notice how much work they are actually doing until they finish the game.  For those who are more out of shape, it may be done at a slow pace for the first few times before gradually speeding up as they feel like it.

It May Increase Mental Strength

As we age, or become involved in stressful lives, we may tend to become more mentally beaten down.  Depression and stress may be some of the natural consequences of this. Physical activity is one of the best ways to deter this.  Those feel-good chemicals may be available in ways that will turn our overall outlook around. Field hockey can be a lot more fun than you likely imagined.  Kids will get pretty excited once they see it played. If you are a little adventuresome, pick up some equipment and give it a try.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Longmont, Colo.


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